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Build Your Own Acoustic Treatment Panels For Under $30 – Aaron Brown Sound

Build Your Own Acoustic Treatment Panels For Under $30 – Aaron Brown Sound

DIY Acoustic Panels – Learn how to construct your personal room remedy and Vocal Sales space!

DIY Acoustic Panels round $30 every!

One factor that has all the time bothered me is my untreated house studio. Each skilled studio I’ve labored at or visited has had rooms with correct acoustic remedy. Final week I made a decision to have my residence studio be a part of the ranks of those handled rooms! This submit covers the various hours of analysis, planning and constructing that went into making my very personal acoustic panels for remedy and a vocal sales space.

The very first thing I did was go to the quite a few web sites that speak about room acoustics and panels. This alone took me about 40+ hours of analysis. Room acoustics and panels are a really complicated science that takes YEARS to grasp. What I discovered is that, regardless of the daunting quantity of intricacies concerned with acoustics, it IS potential to make your personal acoustic panels for a small sum of money.

Fortunately, I bumped into knowledgeable acoustician, Doug Greenlee from soundkinetics.com, at a studio get collectively. He offered me with an excellent start line. For those who ever plan on constructing knowledgeable arrange there isn’t any substitute for hiring somebody like Doug!

I discovered a TON of people that have constructed their very own panels offering me with the motivation and information to make my very own. I’m going to maintain the remainder of this submit as straight to the purpose as potential from right here on out. If you wish to study extra about acoustics or see different individuals’s plans I added a useful bibliography on the backside for all of your researching wants!

 

THE PLAN:

Make Eight versatile acoustic panels in at some point that can be utilized as wall panels, baffling and a transportable vocal sales space for UNDER $250.

THE PARTS FOR Eight ACOUSTIC PANELS:

Complete Value = ~$220

  1. Inflexible Fiberglass Panels (Owens Corning 703, Knauff 3lb. density, or Johns Manville 3lb. Density are all appropriate panels)
    1. Discovering this materials could be tough. After calling Eight native insulation suppliers I FINALLY discovered it at a spot referred to as Internation Technifab.
    2. Value:$104 for Eight Knauff three lb. density fiberglass panels.

      Invoice for Eight Knauff three lb. density inflexible fiberglass panels

  1. Material (Breathable material)
    1. Purchase this at Joann Materials which has weekly 50% off gross sales! CALL THEM FIRST TO BE SURE THEY HAVE ENOUGH FABRIC!
    2. Choices: Jet Set, Black Felt, Speaker Grill. I selected Jet Set for its modern look and low cost value. Watch out although as a result of stretchy materials may be very troublesome to suit on the panel with out folds!
    3. Value: $43 for 16 yards of Jet Set Black.
      Jet Set Black Material
  1. Wooden for body:
    1. Residence Depot 1X3-Eight furring strip. (Decide the straightest wooden attainable with the least quantity of imperfections)
    2. Value: $32 for 19 items(This leaves a bit additional for errors. It’s simpler to return it than return)
      1X3-Eight Furring Strip from House Depot
  1. Different elements from Residence Depot:
    1. Rubber screw bumpers $16(To carry the panel an additional bit off the wall. This prevents tearing of cloth, marking of the wall and achieves extra bass absorption.

    2. Image Hangers $9(Pack of 50 to hold the panels securely to partitions)

    3. Screw Eye Zinc Plated 212 $four(Used to connect image wire to)

  1. Elements from Ace Hardware:
    1. Image Wire $10(25 ft of 30 lb. rated wire) AVOID any skinny low cost 28 gaugewire!

    2. Electrical Tape $four (Used to cowl up imperfections within the wooden and canopy the image wire.
  2. Instruments:
    1. Staple Gun with a full pack of three/Eight inch 10mm staples. If you will discover black staples it might look nicer
      Electrical staple weapons work simply positive.

      If potential, purchase staples that match the material colour!

    2. Miter Noticed to chop the wooden.
    3. Hammer and nails (50 nails ought to be about sufficient)
    4. Plyers (Used to screw within the Screw Eyes)
    5. Wire Cutter (Used to chop the image wire)
    6. Desk to set your panels on as you’re employed (At the least 62”X62” advisable)
    7. Energy screwdriver (Used to connect the bumpers)
    8. Marking Pencil (Used to mark the wooden for chopping)
  3. Different essential equipment:
    1. Gloves, protecting glasses and a mud masks. Dealing with fiberglass may be hazardous and it isn’t too precautious to put on the gloves and masks whereas working with it.
    2. Packing tape or duct tape. This holds the material in place as you’re employed. That is ESSENTIAL in case you are utilizing a stretchy material like Jet Set.
    3. Black Sharpie (Used to cowl staples)
    4. Non-compulsory, however HIGHLY really helpful: Microphone stands and Mic Clips with screws (Used to hold the panels up for baffling or vocal cubicles)

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:

My superior useful father Slicing wooden and marking utilizing a template piece

  1. Build your frames
    1. Begin by laying down a bit of the fiberglass. Then put the boards round it and measure how lengthy they have to be.
    2. Reduce the items for one body (each bit of wooden provides you 1 24” piece and 1 49 ¾” piece.)
    3. Consider your wooden items to determine which aspect must be the entrance and the again. Cowl up any imperfections with the electrical tape.
    4. If these items work out correctly then use them as templates to mark the opposite items of wooden. This protects you time in measuring them out.
    5. As soon as they’re all reduce nail them along with two nails at every intersection. Then lay the fiberglass down contained in the body.
    6. Safe the fiberglass to the body with a nail on both sides of the body. This retains it a bit extra secure.
  2. Material
    1. Get out your material and minimize it into 60” items. After slicing your items can be 58” X 60”.
    2. The lacy aspect of the Jet Set Material (The 58” aspect) goes on the highest and backside of the panels.
    3. Set the material on the desk so one aspect is simply barely hanging off the sting and the opposite aspect is hanging off fairly a bit.
  3. Making the panel
    1. IF YOU ARE USING A STRETCHY FABRIC you will want to make use of tape to safe it tightly as you connect the material!
    2. Put your Framed panel on prime of the material.
    3. Fold the material doubled up over the body and staple it throughout the sting.
    4. Crease the material and convey it down the panel. Tape it down because it begins to take type. Staple it solely after it’s pulled very tight and appears clear.
    5. Now flip the material excessive of the panel.
    6. Pull the material as TIGHT AS POSSIBLE within the very center and tape it down. This lets you get tight seams and knowledgeable look!
    7. TRICKY STEP: Fold the material underneath itself then pull it out so the material is as TIGHT AS POSSIBLE on every nook. For those who don’t do that it is going to bunch up and look low cost.
    8. Once more, after you have it very tight and no bunches use tape to carry all of it in place. Then go and staple the highest and backside down.
    9. Now go to your remaining edge and pull it tight. Use tape liberally to carry it securely as you’re employed. Did I point out that is the one approach to make it look clear 😉
    10. SUCCESS! At this level you’re VERY near having a completed panel. In case you are confused see the pictures for readability or depart a remark!
  4. Attaching Image wire and bumpers
    1. Get out the bumpers. Connect 4 bumpers to 4 of the panels 5” from the highest and backside. Then connect 4 bumpers to the opposite 4 panels 6” from the highest and backside. This enables the panels to stack higher when alternated.
    2. Connect two screw holes 13 ¼” from the highest of every panel. This measurement is essential so panels keep aligned in your partitions so watch out!
    3. Get out the image wire. Pull it by means of one aspect, pull it beneath, put it again via, then twist it round itself at the very least 6 occasions for a safe knot. Then use your plyers to crimp the wire collectively good and tight.
    4. Pull it out to the opposite aspect and minimize it at 29”.
    5. Connect this wire the identical method. When it’s by way of make sure to use your plyers to tug it as TIGHT as potential. This can make sure the wires are all the identical size and look degree when hanging in your wall.
    6. As soon as it’s pulled tight use your plyers to crimp the wire collectively tightly.
  5. Ending touches
    1. Should you’ve made it this far you have to be EXCITED! Virtually there!
    2. Use your black electrical tape to cowl the frayed image wire. This makes it look skilled and prevents snags.
    3. Use a black sharpie to paint the staples. Whereas not essential, it does make it look extra polished.

THE RESULTS:

Completed DIY Acoustic Panels as a vocal sales space connect to microphone stands

Vocal sales space and a wall panel within the background

I’m amazed on the outcomes of those panels. Not solely do they work INFINITELY higher than Auralex remedy, they appear skilled and actually make a distinction in my room. Additionally they work nice as a vocal sales space or mild baffles. I want I might have made these YEARS in the past.

The three lb. density panels take in sufficient bass and mirror simply sufficient sound to make the room handled, however not ENTIRELY lifeless. Ensure you make the frames in your panels. It makes them strong and professional wanting and the small quantity of reflective area added is nicely value the additional stability! It wouldn’t take plenty of tweaking with this design to construct a thicker baffle or add tons extra Owen’s Corning to make them right into a bass lure. See the hyperlinks under for particulars on this.

Do your self a favor and get this finished early on in your profession. Why would you purchase one thing like one SD Electronics Reflexion for $300 when you will get Eight full sized panels for $70 much less??? For lower than $250 it’s a no brainer to construct these. When you’ve got extra money it’s in all probability a greater guess to go together with knowledgeable firm to save lots of you the time and supply their experience. Nevertheless, anybody with some free time that desires to stretch their finances ought to ABSOLUTELY construct their very own panels.

I’d wish to thank my very supportive dad for taking the time to assist me construct this stuff. It made constructing them far more environment friendly and enjoyable. I like to recommend you construct these with a pal for a similar causes.

I hope this motivates you to construct your personal panels. Please share your ideas, questions and anything right here. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

 

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LINKS:

Doug Greenlee – Acoustician Skilled

http://www.soundkinetics.com/

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ACOUSTICS AND ACOUSTIC PANELS:

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/low-end-theory/515220-so-say-im-going-start-treating-my-room.html

http://www.readyacoustics.com/education.html

http://gikacoustics.com/education.html

http://www.ethanwiner.com/acoustics.html

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/bass-traps-acoustic-panels-foam-etc/518685-one-more-diy-acoustic-panels-thread.html

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1312693

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=255432

http://www.atsacoustics.com/

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/dec07/articles/acoustics.htm

 

 

A good friend of a pal named Hwbilly Schleifer determined to make use of these plans to construct his personal studio remedy! I’m glad individuals are discovering these plans helpful. I assumed I’d present the pictures right here so you possibly can see what they seem like in several settings!

 

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